Day One Project Announces Technology Policy Accelerator Fellows


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Day One Project launched its Technology Policy Accelerator to identify, develop, and publish a set of technology policy ideas that could be implemented by Congress or the Biden-Harris Administration. The accelerator is a nine-week process, designed to guide the group of 30 selected participants to develop an initial idea into a tailored, actionable set of policy recommendations.


This group of fellows, selected from hundreds of applicants to the Accelerator, will have a chance to develop their ideas with guidance from policy advisors, meet with veteran policymakers to learn more about the nuances of policy implementation, hone their ability to craft actionable policy on the federal level, and build a community with their fellow cohort members. 


The selected Day One Technology Policy Accelerator fellows bring a diverse range of experiences to the policymaking process. This cohort includes entrepreneurs, academics, and policymakers thinking about cutting-edge technology policy issues including:


  • Disinformation

  • Securing the Internet

  • American Broadband

  • Quantum Information Science 

  • Racial Equity and Technology Policy 

  • Future of Work

  • Technology and Trade

  • Autonomous Vehicles

  • Digital Mental Health


Meet the cohort here. The accelerator fellows will work to develop a total of 18 unique Day One Project proposals either individually or in small groups.


  • Cristina Martínez Pinto is a Senior Research Scientist at West Virginia University’s Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab, and the Founder and CEO of the PIT Policy Lab.

  • Dr. Saiph Savage is the director of the Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCI) at West Virginia University.

  • Hilary Ross is currently a senior program manager at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

  • Michaela Lee is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Research Assistant with the Belfer Center.

  • Kenny Chen is a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a researcher at Harvard’s Technology and Public Purpose Project.

  • Albert Fox Cahn is the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project’s founder and executive director, a member of the Ashoka Fellowship Network, and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at N.Y.U. School of Law.

  • Dr. Caroline Stratton is an assistant professor in the School of Information at Florida State University.

  • Dr. Elie Alhajjar is a research scientist at the Army Cyber Institute and a faculty member at the United States Military Academy.

  • Stephen Caines is a second year residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s CodeX and a legal technologist with a passion for privacy and access to justice.

  • Dr. David D. L. Mascareñas has spent eight years as a technical staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Demetrius Norman serves as President and Board Chair for NWLA Makerspace of Shreveport, LA.

  • Eva Zhang is an AI researcher at Stanford pursuing a B.S in Mathematics and M.S in Computer Science.

  • Grant Gordon is an undergraduate student at Stanford currently on leave at Sequoia Capital, working to support Sequoia's founders on narrative, product and strategy.

  • Katie Jonsson is an undergraduate at Stanford University majoring in International Relations.

  • Cyrus Hodes is a Partner at FoundersX Ventures, a VC firm based in Silicon Valley.

  • Dr. Mayank Kejriwal is a research assistant professor and research lead at the University of Southern California.

  • Niki Iliadis is a Senior AI Policy Researcher for The Future Society.

  • Dr. Tayab Waseem is an AAI public policy fellow and MD candidate at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

  • Rebecca Agostino is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • George Sarpong has over 20 years experience in media and communications law, policy and regulation in Africa and serves as the Executive Secretary of Ghana’s National Media Commission.

  • Dr. Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.

  • Dr. Nicholas Giudice is Professor of Spatial Computing in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine.

  • Paul Fink is a Graduate Researcher at the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction Lab at the University of Maine.

  • Thomas Krendl Gilbert is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in Machine Ethics and Epistemology at U.C. Berkeley.

  • Dr. Cathy Wu is an Assistant Professor at MIT in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems.

  • Michael Dennis is a PhD Candidate at the Center for Human-Compatible AI.

  • Dr. Brian Kelley is Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

  • Dr. Junmin Wang is the Accenture Endowed Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr. Kara Kockelman, Ph.D./MS/BS from UC Berkeley, is the Dewitt C. Greer Professor of Engineering at University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dr. Stephen Schueller is an Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.